Tangradi, 4 others headed to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed five players Wednesday.
Forward Eric Tangradi, defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Brian Strait and goaltenders Brad Thiessen and Jeff Zatkoff will play for the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate. The five likely will attend Penguins training camp, if it takes place. Tangradi said this week that he preferred to play in Wilkes-Barre, not overseas, during the lockout.
“It's important for me to stay in the Penguins' system, and that's what playing there gives me a chance to do,” he said.
Bortuzzo and Strait played a combined 15 games with the Penguins last season but are considered long shots to make the NHL roster. Zatkoff spent the past three-plus seasons with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs, the Los Angeles Kings' top affiliate.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Rossi: For Penguins’ Dupuis, family must come first
- Replacing versatile Dupuis could prove difficult for Penguins
- Penguins’ Dupuis diagnosed with blood clot in lung
- Penguins goalie Greiss saves day in win over Maple Leafs
- Despite different personas, goalies Fleury, Barrasso share similar success
- Penguins fans from England, Spain journey across pond to Pittsburgh
- Penguins notebook: Dupuis to miss Penguins game in Montreal
- Penguins defenseman Maatta makes his return in win over Canadiens
- Penguins notebook: Dupuis misses 1st game of the season
- Penguins games therapeutic for Carnegie toddler with rare gene mutation
- Maatta returns to practice with Penguins after having cancerous tumor removed